GOP focuses convention on defeating COVID-19, rebuilding economy, empowering black communities

Gathering aims to strike more positive tone than Democrats; Republican National Convention curtailed in-person due to pandemic will stream live all week on social and digital platforms.

Updated: August 24, 2020 - 11:15am

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Republicans have put the finishing touches on their nominating convention slated to open Monday, planning an unmistakable focus on President Trump's plans to defeat the coronavirus, rebuild the economy, combat China, and counter deadly violence and destructive riots in America's cities.

GOP leaders said they anticipate the Republican National Convention will strike a more positive tone than the Democrats' while inviting African-Americans to embrace the Trump agenda. 

"The highly anticipated Democratic National Convention featured Joe Biden, pawn of the radicals running his party, and out of touch Hollywood elites painting a doom and gloom picture of America," the GOP said in a statement issued Friday. "The Republican National Convention next week will celebrate America for what it truly is - the greatest nation on Earth."

On Sunday the campaign announced the list of speakers for this week's gathering. Trump will deliver his acceptance speech from the White House South Lawn. and Melania Trump will address the nation from the newly-remodeled White House Rose Garden.

The list also includes Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple from the St. Louis area who brandished firearms to protect themselves from protesters, Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones, an African-American Democrat, and Alice Johnson, an African-American woman released early from prison by Trump.

Viewers will also hear from Republican Kimberly Klacik, an African-American young woman running for the U.S. House whose viral video argued that more than five decades of one-party Democratic rule in Baltimore had resulted in a decimated black community. 

“The Republican National Convention will reflect the diverse mosaic of America through the personal testimony of men and women from all walks of life supporting the re-election of President Donald J. Trump," Paris Dennard, Republican National Committee Senior Communications Advisor for Black Media Affairs, said Sunday. "I am proud to see such a broad cross section of Black Americans speaking at this year’s convention. Whether it is a civil rights hero, criminal justice activist, or Democrat elected official, the black voices supporting President Trump we will hear from will speak to the man that has been a true champion for the black community.”

Though curtailed in terms of physical gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic, the convention will stream live all week from FacebookTwitterYouTubeTwitch, and Amazon Prime.

Monday speakers include:
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01)
Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-01)
Representative Jim Jordan (OH-04)
Former Ambassador Nikki Haley
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones
Amy Johnson Ford
Kimberly Guilfoyle
Natalie Harp
Charlie Kirk
Kim Klacik
Mark and Patricia McCloskey
Sean Parnell
Andrew Pollack
Donald Trump, Jr.
Tanya Weinreis

Tuesday speakers include:
First Lady Melania Trump
The Honorable Mike Pompeo
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Abby Johnson
Jason Joyce
Myron Lizer
Mary Ann Mendoza
Megan Pauley
Cris Peterson
John Peterson
Nicholas Sandmann
Eric Trump
Tiffany Trump

Wednesday speakers include:
Vice President Mike Pence
Second Lady Karen Pence
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
Representative Dan Crenshaw (TX-02)
Representative Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
Representative Lee Zeldin (NY-01)
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell
The Honorable Kellyanne Conway
The Honorable Keith Kellogg
Jack Brewer
Sister Dede Byrne
Madison Cawthorn
Scott Dane
Clarence Henderson
Ryan Holets
Michael McHale
Burgess Owens
Lara Trump

Thursday speakers include:
President Donald J. Trump
The Honorable Ben Carson
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
Representative Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02)
The Honorable Ivanka Trump
The Honorable Ja'Ron Smith
Ann Dorn
Debbie Flood
Rudy Giuliani
Franklin Graham
Alice Johnson
Wade Mayfield
Carl and Marsha Mueller
Dana White